Articles about 'science fiction'

Talking to aliens

The female professor in Denis Villeneuve’s film about the arrival of aliens makes Alexandra Orlando hopeful for the future

Alexandra Orlando // 24 December 2016

Categories: Films, Reviews

Robbing the galaxy

Anastasia Wiltshire finds that the future universes of Dark Matter and Killjoys are made up of women who are strong, but often only exceptional

Anastasia Wiltshire // 14 December 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

Making space for female friendship

Becky Lea reviews Becky Chambers’ A Closed and Common Orbit and praises its spirit of inclusivity and acceptance

Becky Lea // 21 October 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Your body is the vessel

Anastasia Wiltshire watches the first series of The Shannara Chronicles and is disappointed in the objectification of the two initially strong female leads, as they realise the key to saving the world lies in their own subjugation

Anastasia Wiltshire // 9 April 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

Superhero and survivor

Nick Beard praises the TV adaption of Jessica Jones for its refreshing feminist credentials and bold survivor perspective

Nick Beard // 31 December 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

A defiant exception

Sarah Louisa Phythian-Adams watches a futuristic drama set in a fictional Northern American town circa 2046 and finds a refreshing change from the usual limitations placed on female characters in sci-fi

Sarah Louisa Phythian-Adams // 24 October 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

Authenticity in a sci-fi world

D H Kelly watches Sense8 and finds a realistic depiction of human sexuality

D H Kelly // 18 August 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

New Black Mirror review

What role does gender inequality play in how we approach issues of privacy and autonomy? D H Kelly follows Gemma Varnom’s Black Mirror review with an examination of the blocking...

Holly Combe // 26 February 2015

Categories: Blog

Leave me alone

What role does gender inequality play in how we approach issues of privacy and autonomy? D H Kelly follows Gemma Varnom's Black Mirror review with an examination of the blocking theme in the show's most recent episode

D H Kelly //

Categories: Reviews, Television

New review: Black Mirror’s ’15 Million Merits’ and ‘White Bear’

Gemma Varnom takes a second glance at Black Mirror‘s ’15 Million Merits’ and ‘White Bear’ episodes and wonders if we are inching ever closer to the horrifying and oppressive society...

Holly Combe // 7 February 2015

Categories: Blog

“And you just watched”

Gemma Varnom takes a second glance at Black Mirror's '15 Million Merits' and 'White Bear' episodes and wonders if we are inching ever closer to the horrifying and oppressive society they depict

Gemma Varnom //

Categories: Reviews, Television

Ada & After: Women do science [fiction]: 20-23 November 2014

This is a guest post by Selina Robertson. Selina is a freelance film programmer and writer, curating queer film programmes in the UK and at international film festivals. Together with...

Guest Blogger // 12 November 2014

Categories: Blog

New review: The X-Files

Following on from Sara Yasin’s retrospective look back at Dawson’s Creek, Melissa Dunne revisits The X-Files and discovers a few feminist sticking points. Content note: Contains a discussion of attitudes...

Holly Combe // 18 May 2014

Categories: Blog

One step forward, two steps behind

Following on from Sara Yasin's retrospective look back at Dawson's Creek, Melissa Dunne revisits The X-Files and discovers a few feminist sticking points

Melissa Dunne //

Categories: Reviews, Television

New feature: in anticipation of The Day of the Doctor…

As I’m sure the Doctor Who fans among you will be aware, this evening will see the screening of the programme’s 50th anniversary episode. In honour of this, our comedy...

Holly Combe // 23 November 2013

Categories: Blog

Who us?

Feminist fans celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who in this group piece wrangled by Whovian and F-Word Comedy Section Editor Chella Quint

Chella Quint //

Categories: Features, Television

New review: Orphan Black

Ailsa Bristow watches Canadian sci-fi cloning drama, Orphan Black and finds a striking affirmation of the feminist adage “biology isn’t destiny”. NB: This review contains spoilers for the first three...

Holly Combe // 18 October 2013

Categories: Blog

Me, myself and more

Ailsa Bristow watches Canadian sci-fi cloning drama, Orphan Black and finds a striking affirmation of the feminist adage "biology isn't destiny"

Ailsa Bristow //

Categories: Reviews, Television

New review: Clara who?

Clara Oswin/Oswald, the latest companion on Doctor Who and subject of Lucy Pegg‘s new review, has featured in plenty of Whovian feminist discussions online. These sit alongside more mainstream suggestions...

Holly Combe // 3 May 2013

Categories: Blog

Clara who?

Lucy Pegg explores whether Clara looks set to follow a similar traditional trajectory to other companions on Steven Moffat's Doctor Who. Will she fulfil the role of "strong character, female" Hope Dinsdale highlighted when she wrote about women on the programme back in 2011?

Lucy Pegg //

Categories: Reviews, Television

Nerdy men and hot women: sexism in The Big Bang Theory

Lucy Pegg argues that the genre this sit-com is based on has already moved away from the stereotypes of women it perpetuates, leaving it woefully behind

Guest Blogger // 20 April 2013

Categories: Blog

Call for television reviewers

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Holly Combe // 17 April 2013

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

This week's round-up of interesting and thought-provoking news and views

Laura // 8 January 2013

Categories: Blog

All the TARDIS Ladies

Before you settle down to digest your Christmas Dinner with the Doctor Who Special, you might like to consider how the show treats its female characters. Hope Dinsdale investigates

Hope Dinsdale // 22 December 2011

Categories: Television

On a planet far, far away…

The gender politics of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus was eye-rolling enough. But some people look beyond the solar system entirely for their guidelines on sex and relationships, to a fictional planet where men are dominant and women are wives, sex slaves or rebel 'panthers'. Kit Marsters reports

Kit Marsters // 20 December 2011

Categories: Sex and Relationships

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